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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-08-28

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Panhellenic Exams &#8211; admission bases announced
  • [03] Government s efforts to contain inflationary pressures
  • [04] Prime-minister Simitis calls for strict adherence to Olympic Games
  • [05] Developments in the terrorist investigations

  • [01] Weather forecast

    A mainly fine and warm day is forecast, with possibility of showers or storms in the northwest parts of the country Gale force winds in the Aegean Sea gradually abating. In Athens temperatures will range between , 22C to 32C and in Thessaloniki between 20C to 30C.

    (28/8/2002 12:14:00 μμ)

    [02] Panhellenic Exams &#8211; admission bases announced

    The results of Panhellenic Exams for admission into tertiary education will be announced today in a specila broadcast by the state radio channel NET . Results can also be found on state television ERT website - www.ert.gr

    In the meantime thousands of university students seem certain to lose yet another examination period next month due to an ongoing strike by university teaching staff , who are demanding higher pay and better retirement deals.

    Following a meeting with Prime-minister Simitis yesterday, Education Minister, Petros Efthimiou appealed to the academic personnel to return to work , noting that 4 out of 5 demands had been met and promising that salaries would be reviewed in 2 years..

    Developments in the sector of education will be discussed at a cabinet meeting today while the President of the N.D party, Kostas Karamanlis will meet with university deans today

    (28/8/2002 12:15:00 μμ)

    [03] Government s efforts to contain inflationary pressures

    In a bid to contain inflation , Development undersecretary will begin contacts with businessmen today , to make gentlemen s agreements to curb price rises. The Greek European Commissioner , Anna Diamantopoulou said keeping a lid on rising inflation was a major government priority , pointing out that the country s huge foreign debt did not allow for deviations from a strict incomes policy.

    In the meantime , the President of the Greek industrialists association , Odysseas Kyriakopoulos , claimed yesterday that manufacturers were not responsible for inflationary pressures , attributing the soaring prices to the market and to increases in public utility rates.

    N.D deputy , Giorgos Alogoskoufis attributed inflation, unemployment and lack of competion to ineffective materialisation of the economic policy and lack of planning.

    In an interview with state radio NET, the President of the General Confederation of Greek Labor , Hristos Polyzogopoulos said that he would ask the Prime-minister to consider a possible deviation due to inflation when working out next year s budget.

    In the meantime Prime-minister Simitis today chairs a meeting of the government s economic staff to reach final decisions on tax reliefs to be announced at the Thessaloniki International Fair.

    (28/8/2002 12:16:00 μμ)

    [04] Prime-minister Simitis calls for strict adherence to Olympic Games budget and timetables

    During a meeting yesterday with the bi-ministerial committee for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games , Prime-minister , Kostas Simitis called for strict adherence to the Olympic budget and to the timetables for completion of the projects . The progress of preparartions was also discussed at the meeting as well as wide &#8211;ranging legislation to be enacted , to facilitate the execution of works related to the games.

    The President of the Athens 2004 organising committee , Yianna Aggelopoulou is scheduled to visit Lausanne next month , to brief the International Olympic Committee on the progress to date.

    (28/8/2002 12:17:00 μμ)

    [05] Developments in the terrorist investigations

    New evidence against alleged November 17 leader, Alexandros Giotopoulos has come to light . A manuscript found in the Patmos November 17 hide out contains names of politicians , possible targets of the urban guerilla group

    In the meantime according to recent statements by a witness, Alexandros Giotopoulos was in Pireus the day when the bomb blew up in the hands of Savvas Xiros . The same witness said that another alleged November 17 member, Dimitris Koufontinas had visited Giotopoulos summer house in the island of Lixous

    (28/8/2002 12:17:00 μμ)


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